Housekeeping: For your sanity as well as mine, I’ve pulled together all of the rosters I could find for upcoming comps. Enjoy!
Colonialism Commonwealth Games (subdivisions): Australia, Canada, Cayman Islands (WAG), Cyprus, England, Isle of Man (WAG), India, Jamaica (MAG), Jersey, Malaysia, Malta (WAG), Namibia (MAG), New Zealand, Nigeria (MAG), Northern Ireland (MAG), Scotland, Singapore, South Africa (WAG), Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago (MAG), Wales
Speaking up: Aly Raisman came forward with complaints about the conditions at the Karolyi Ranch, such as moldy showers, bad food, and “disgusting” dorms. She says the overall environment, along with the lack of medical facilities at the site, made it easier for former national team doctor Larry Nassar to “treat” gymnasts behind closed doors.
Kelli Hill—famed coach of stars like Dominique Dawes, Elise Ray, and Courtney Kupets—disagreed with parts of Raisman’s account on Facebook, along with Mary Lee Tracy. 2000 Olympic team alternate Alyssa Beckerman also responded, saying she “completely agree[s]” with Raisman.
When they knew: Jordyn Wieber responded on Wednesday to a court filing alleging that the victim impact statements made during Nassar’s sentencing don’t prove that USA Gymnastics knew about the abuse prior to June 2015.
Wieber says she saw an employee become aware of Nassar’s behavior before that time, and that this latest move is another attempt by USAG to silence survivors.
USOC under fire: A lawsuit has been filed claiming that the U.S. Olympic Committee tried to prevent attempts to investigate sexual abuse in Olympic sports. Meanwhile, five Olympic athletes wrote in a letter that the USOC should be overhauled due to its response to sexual abuse.
The state of Michigan
The law: After delaying the vote due to pressure from universities, the Church, and other groups, bills that in part extend the statute of limitations for abuse survivors passed in the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. They will move to the House next.
Michigan State University Interim President John Engler visited the Senate on Wednesday to ask legislators to delay the vote further. Rachael Denhollander criticized this move, prompting Engler spokesman John Truscott to say that it was “inappropriate” for Denhollander, who is an attorney, to comment on “something they know nothing about.”
Denhollander ripped Truscott on Twitter, saying “This is how MSU treats sexual assault survivors.”
There’s more: On Thursday, Engler argued that legislators had interfered with settlement talks with survivors by giving lawyers more leverage against MSU, and that the legislation was “driven by attorneys.” Survivors, including Denhollander, say that Engler is lying.
Engler also said on Thursday that the money needed for MSU to settle with Nassar survivors will likely come from taxpayers and students, and that costs will rise with the new legislation.
- William Strampel—Nassar’s former boss at MSU—told a group of students and administrators in 2016 that he did not believe the women who came forward with abuse allegations.
- Survivors have filed court motions to seek depositions from 16 people connected with MSU, including former college president Lou Anna Simon.
- Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said on Twitter that she would like to hold a symbolic hearing where sexual abuse survivors could make statements.
- Randall Margraves—the father who tried to attack Nassar during his Eaton County sentencing—has donated the $30,000 that was raised on his behalf to four non-profits.
- MSU needs to stop fighting lawsuits, and instead focus on doing what is right for survivors (Detroit Free Press).
- Engler’s actions don’t match his words (The Athletic).
- We must do more for assault victims (The Detroit News).
- The Balance Beam Situation breaks down Ranchgate.
- Here’s what states are doing to prevent the next Larry Nassar (Vice).
To Russia with Love: Ukrainian dude Oleg Stepko will receive Russian citizenship with the goal of competing at the Russian championships this year.
Pheta Delta Phi wet t-shirt contest: Here are recaps of recent college meets.
Organized choreographed dance: If you thought the only thing missing from NCAA gym was group dance, you’re in luck: UCLA senior Peng Peng Lee danced on the floor for her final home performance before being joined by the rest of her coven, as the school tearfully honored its almost-adults.
Guest appearance: Skating man Adam Rippon showed up at UCLA’s final home meet of the year, presumably so gym fans could thank him for making Andrea Joyce uncomfortable.
Pants pants revolution: This Illinois gymnast could’ve done a triple double off those parallel bars and I wouldn’t have noticed because pants.
Free chicken meat: LSU teamed up with Chick-fil-A to give away free sandwiches, but if you ask me, a partnership between fast food chicken and athletics is just a slippery slope.
Staying social…ly conscious
Take my money: Bidding starts at $4,800 to join Laurie Hernandez at nationals in Boston. Proceeds will benefit First Book, a non-profit that promotes early literacy.
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